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Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) has mooted a strategy to in¬volve youth in the fight against coronavirus disease at a time when the number of cases have shot to over 700.

The company has partnered with the National Youth Council (NYC) to distribute free hand sanitizers to vulnerable members of the community in a bid to combat Covid-19. The fuel trans¬port and storage agency hopes to tap on the nationwide youth network enjoyed by NYC to distribute the hand sanitizers at no cost at the same time sensitizing vulnerable members of the community on the novel coronavirus.

Addressing hundreds of bodaboda riders in Nairobi’s Uhuru Park this week during an exercise to distribute the free govern¬ment sanitisers donated by KPC, NYC Chief Executive Officer Roy Telewa thanked KPC for choosing to partner with NYC to fight Covid-19.

“According to the 2019 population census figures, 75 percent of Kenya’s population is aged below 35 years with unemployment standing at 9 percent. So when Coronavirus hits the country, it is young people who are affected most. I thank KPC for see¬ing the potential of our young people in fighting this disease,” Telewa said while distributing over 1,200 litres of government sanitisers to hundreds of bodaboda riders in Nairobi.

“We have a rich and wide network of young people out there across our 47 counties who are willing and ready to offer their services for free to help fight this disease. When our economy regains after we defeat this pandemic, it is our young people who will enjoy the new opportunities that will come forth,” he said re¬minding the young people that they have a leading role to play in helping the government fight Covid-19.

NYC is a government agency charged with the responsibility of coordinating activities being undertaken by youth with a view to mainstreaming them into various nation building ini¬tiatives.

KPC Foundation Manager Bernice Lemedeket hailed NYC for offering their rich network that involves Kenya’s promising young people in putting a stop to the spread of coronavirus in the country.

“We are here as KPC to walk with you in this grand march against Covid-19. This war will be won when all of us join hands and we are happy to see hundreds of Nairobi’s bod¬aboda riders coming out strong in this fight,” Lemedeket assured the youth with a promise that KPC will be keen to continue supporting this initiative so that all young persons across the country are reached.

KPC was mandated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to liaise with select oil industry firms and other private sector players to produce alcohol-based sanitizers on behalf of government for free distribution to the public throughout the country es¬pecially to the low-income and vulnerable groups and popu¬lous areas as one way of preventing the spread of Covid-19.

The process of producing these hand sanitizers is ongoing and so far, a total of 767,177 litres of government hand sanitiz¬ers have been produced in various blending plants in Nairobi and Mombasa for free distribution to poor and vulnerable Kenyans across the country especially those in informal settle¬ments. Of this, 341,046 litres have been dispatched to all the 47 counties, through the Governors and County Commissioners.

In addition, 306,539 litres have been distributed to var¬ious institutions, community based organizations (CBOs) and the political class to assist in the last mile delivery to the informal settlements, market plac¬es and other potential hot spot areas across the coun¬try in concerted efforts to curb the spread of this disease.